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Whitney Houston (C) poses with her husband, Bobby Brown and their daughter Bobbi Kristina (L) at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on August 7, 2004. Houston has filed for divorce from Brown, her spokeswoman said on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 following 14 tumultuous years of marriage and tabloid headlines. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen/file photo) | License Photo

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BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: Bobbi Kristina Brown's maternal grandmother, Cissy Houston, is upset the teen is romantically involved with a man her mother, Whitney, helped raise, TMZ said.


Brown has been making headlines since Whitney Houston died in a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel room last month at age 48. The singer's only child with ex-husband Bobby Brown was hospitalized twice for anxiety after Houston died of a possible lethal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Rumors immediately began swirling Bobbi Kristina has substance abuse problems of her own and her family wants her to check into rehab.

It was later revealed the 19-year-old aspiring singer and actress is the sole heir of her mother's estate. Now her romantic life is in the news.

TMZ quoted a friend of Cissy Houston as saying the Houston family matriarch was furious after photos surfaced online showing Bobbi Kristina kissing 22-year-old Nick Gordon, a non-blood relative Whitney regarded as an adopted son and who lived at the Houston family home in Atlanta since he was 12.

"What they're doing is incestuous," Cissy's friend told TMZ Cissy said about Bobbi Kristina's relationship with Gordon.


The insider said Cissy is concerned Gordon will take advantage of her granddaughter because she is vulnerable right now.

TMZ said Cissy has asked the Whitney Houston estate to take legal steps to have Gordon evicted from the Houston home.

RUSSELL BRAND: British comedian Russell Brand turned himself in to New Orleans police after hearing a warrant was issued for his arrest, officials said Thursday.

TMZ said the "Arthur" star and ex-husband of singer Katy Perry is accused of grabbing a paparazzo's cellphone and throwing it through the window of a law firm Monday.

The photographer got his phone back and Brand agreed to pay for the window, but the warrant was still issued for his arrest. The celebrity news Web site said Brand was released on $5,000 bond Thursday.

'LAVERNE & SHIRLEY:' "Laverne & Shirley," "One Day At a Time" and "Pee-wee's Playhouse" are to be honored at next month's TV Land Awards ceremony in New York, the network said.

Expected to attend are the classic shows' stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean, David L. Lander, Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Glenn Scarpelli, Pat Harrington Jr. and Paul Reubens, who played Pee-wee Herman.


They join previously announced honoree Aretha Franklin, who will be receiving the Music Icon Award, and second-time host Kelly Ripa for the 10th anniversary event.

The ceremony is to tape April 14 at the Lexington Avenue Armory at Gramercy Park. It will air April 29 on TV Land.

More honorees will be announced in coming weeks, the network said.

DAVID STRATHAIRN: Actor David Strathairn is to co-star with Jessica Chastain in the Broadway production of "The Heiress" this fall, producers said Thursday.

The play by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz is being directed by Moises Kaufman.

Strathairn is best known for his work in the film "Good Night, and Good Luck" and in HBO's "Temple Grandin."

This production of "The Heiress" comes 17 years after the celebrated play was last seen on Broadway. The play is based on the classic Henry James novel "Washington Square," which was adapted for the screen in 1949 as "The Heiress" -- winning four Academy Awards, including a Best Actress Oscar for Olivia de Havilland.

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